How Magento Install
Magento is now one of the most widely used ecommerce platforms, mainly because of the many advantages it offers to ecommerce stores. The said platform’s developers have also found ways to make the installation faster to make it easier for new users to start their ecommerce businesses. The easier installation it requires now also contributes to the increasing number of Magento users in the industry today.
There are now two ways to install Magento. The first one, which is easier, will use an auto installer that makes it very convenient even for newbies. The other one is the manual way we have always used.
Using Softaculous Installation
For newbies in ecommerce and people who are not exactly tech-savvy, this way is easier and faster. Since the manual installation we have grown accustomed to takes a little bit more time, this one is perfect as it saves you both time and effort. Unlike manual installation, using the auto installer does not require you of any knowledge and experience to install Magento.
- Log in to your cPanel account, and look for the Softaculous icon. For better understanding, you can see the icon under Software Services. It is usually placed under Domains, which is at the lower part of the page. ‘
- Click the E-Commerce button. This will show you the Magento link. Clicking the link will of course take you to the installation page.
- Once in the Magento Installation page, click on the Softaculous icon again. It should redirect you to the home page of the auto installer, where you will see the Categories link at the left side of the page.
- At this point, you can already see information about Magento—including all its features, as well as the Magento installations you have done before, if any. You can also see here the blue Install link, and then you have to click it.
- It should show the Installation page, where you have to configure your new application. You can notice that most of the fields are automatically filled, although it is highly advisable for you to change some of them for security purposes. Here are some of the fields you might want to edit:
- Admin Username.
- Admin Password.
- Admin Email.
- First Name, Last Name.
- You have to take note that by default, the auto installer automatically installs the app in its own ‘Magento’ folder.
- By the time you click finish, the app will be ready for you to use.
Manual installation used to be the only way to install the platform. There is nothing wrong with it, and is even made easier today.
- Download the latest, updated installation package from the Magento website.
- Using your cPanel account, upload the installation package on your hosting account. You have the option to use either your File Manager or an FTP client. Choose where you want to install the app, would it be in your domain (yourstore.com) or would you prefer it to be in a subfolder? In case you want it in your domain, you have to extract the contents from the public_html folder. If you, however, want it in a subfolder, you shall extract contents from public_html/store/.
- Upload the package and extract contents using cPanel, and then File Manager.
- Next, create a MySQL database, sign up as a user. Take note of the details if you can, as those are needed while you install the script.
- Follow the manual installation process. Install in the folder you prefer, depending on where you want the app to run. Once uploaded and extracted, you can now access http://yoursite.com/store.
- Read the Terms and Conditions, and then click the box beside the statement “I agree to the above terms and conditions.”, and then click Continue.
- Choose your Locale, Currency, and Time Zone, then click on Continue again. It will then take you to the details of the database, where you have to input Database Name, User Name, and Password. The other fields can be left as is. Afterwards, put a check on the option that says ‘Skip base URL validation before next step.’ Click again on Continue.
- The next page will show the Create Admin Account, where you need to enter your personal information and login details. The Encryption Key field can be left empty, as the script can generate that. Again, click on Continue.
- At this point, you have to write your encryption key. This information will be used to encrypt passwords and other sensitive data.
Magento has done a great job in making the application easy to install and use for all user levels. It used to be hard to configure for first timers, but with the recent upgrades in installation process, it is now one of the easiest ones to use in ecommerce.